Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll, and Mental Illness
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Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll, and Mental Illness

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by Mary Forsberg Weiland, Larkin Warren
     
 

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Fall to Pieces is a beautifully written, visceral, roller coaster ride inside bipolar disorder, rock ’n’ roll, celebrity culture, and the world of modeling. Mary Forsberg Weiland, ex-wife of the late Scott Weiland, front man for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, tells a harrowing true story of depression, drug addiction, and

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Fall to Pieces is a beautifully written, visceral, roller coaster ride inside bipolar disorder, rock ’n’ roll, celebrity culture, and the world of modeling. Mary Forsberg Weiland, ex-wife of the late Scott Weiland, front man for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, tells a harrowing true story of depression, drug addiction, and mental illness with candor and, often, humor. Co-written with veteran journalist Larkin Warren, Fall to Pieces is a blistering, eye-opening memoir of Hollywood meltdown in the bestselling vein of Tatum O’Neal’s A Paper Life and Valerie Bertinelli’s Losing It.

Editorial Reviews

People
“A harrowing story of addiction and mental illness.”
Reuters
“For all the death and devastation detailed in its pages, this book is surprisingly funny.”
New York Post
“A worthy addition to the rock canon.”
People Magazine
"A harrowing story of addiction and mental illness."
Dave Navarro
“A brutally honest and compelling account of Mary Weiland’s struggles with addiction and mental illness. Brave, bold and unfiltered, Mary’s writing injects humor and levity in a way that is both entertaining and necessary. I have no doubt that this important book will help save many lives.”
Doctor - Drew Pinsky
"Mary Weiland’s beautifully crafted memoir takes the reader through the journey that is so very common today, the slow drift into addiction and mental illness. Honest, clear, and accurate, Fall to Pieces is perhaps the most vivid rendition of this experience I have ever come across."
Terri Cheney
“Mary Weiland describes the depths of madness and addiction with surprising clarity. Fall to Pieces is a wild, gripping story, told with intense emotional honesty.”
Dr. Drew Pinsky
“Mary Weiland’s beautifully crafted memoir takes the reader through the journey that is so very common today, the slow drift into addiction and mental illness. Honest, clear, and accurate, Fall to Pieces is perhaps the most vivid rendition of this experience I have ever come across.”
Publishers Weekly
Weiland's lively, vernacular memoir tells the sadly wasted but ultimately self-directed tale of her meteoric rise as a model from impoverished, half-Mexican roots to a precipitous plunge into drug addiction. Growing up in a broken Southern California home in the 1980s, where she lived mostly with her working Mexican mother in near poverty, the author, née Forsberg, found autonomy and financial independence early on in modeling; by age 14 she was a finalist for a Seventeen magazine modeling contest and traveling to New York; by 16, she had quit school, been legally “emancipated” and booked overseas jobs. She also became infatuated with aspiring rock and roller Scott Weiland, who was briefly her driver, and as he became hugely successful with his band, Stone Temple Pilots, he slid into heroin addiction and dragged her along with him. He was also involved with another woman, and the author's account is a painful re-enactment of her youthful abasement. From partying scene to junkie desperation to psychiatrist's office, jail and rehab, Forsberg Weiland battled her demons, learning with some surprise that she suffered from bipolar disorder. Having two children with Scott turned her around, though her marriage crumbled when he didn't change. Weiland's forthright, resilient can-do spirit injects this sad story with a healthy moral. (Dec.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061719165
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/07/2010
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
93,343
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Terri Cheney
“Mary Weiland describes the depths of madness and addiction with surprising clarity. Fall to Pieces is a wild, gripping story, told with intense emotional honesty.”
Dave Navarro
“A brutally honest and compelling account of Mary Weiland’s struggles with addiction and mental illness. Brave, bold and unfiltered, Mary’s writing injects humor and levity in a way that is both entertaining and necessary. I have no doubt that this important book will help save many lives.”
Drew Pinsky
“Mary Weiland’s beautifully crafted memoir takes the reader through the journey that is so very common today, the slow drift into addiction and mental illness. Honest, clear, and accurate, Fall to Pieces is perhaps the most vivid rendition of this experience I have ever come across.”

Meet the Author

Mary Forsberg Weiland lives with her two children in Los Angeles, where she is studying for her certification in drug and alcohol counseling, with a focus on co-occurring disorders. This is her first book.

A former editor at Esquire, Lear's, and Good Housekeeping magazines, Larkin Warren was a contributing writer to Addiction: Why Can't They Just Stop?, the companion book to HBO's documentary of the same name, and collaborated with Professor Elyn R. Saks on Saks's bestselling memoir, The Center Cannot Hold, which Time magazine named one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2007.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because I am a huge fan of Scott Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots. I knew about his drug abuse through the years and just figured it was the typical "Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll", and I was mistaken. This book drug me through the mind of someone with terrible mental illness, depression, and anxiety but in the end I became more compassionate about their situations than I thought. The details of drug use and withdrawl were raw and full of emotion. I felt incredibly connected to these people and amazed at what they have overcome. This is a wonderful book!
JeanieB24 More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book for anyone dealing with dual diagnosis. Whether your suffering yourself, or know someone who is. Bipolar and addiction together can be truly terrifying to deal with. As someone who dealt with these issues for 10 years myself I can attest to that. This book has helped me tremendously and I've been clean and sober for over 6 years. And even with all that I've learned over those years, I still learned many things from this book. It's hard enough to put yourself out and own up to your mistakes to your friends and family, but to put it down on paper and put it out there for the whole world to see? That takes more courage than most have. Whether your reading this book because you like reading about "celebrities" or because you have any kind of interest in addiction or mental health you will NOT be disappointed! I can tell that this will be one of those books that stays on my shelf forever and is read over and over...
Recovered More than 1 year ago
An accurate depiction of the Rock and Roll scene of the 90's. Mary presents the full picture, from growing up poor in Southern California to becoming a well paid model meeting and ultimately landing the love of her life. Unfortunately Scott Weiland is a hardcore heroin addict. I have always loved STP and followed the stories about him and his addiction. If you're a recovered or recovering addict, beware. It's hardcore. Even having 14 yrs sober myself, it touched some nerves that are still raw. But just when I thought I couldn't stand it any longer, Mary would bring it back to the real. I highly recommend this read for anyone who wants to know the whole truth behind Scott, Mary and STP.
Karey More than 1 year ago
I was just perusing biographies and picked this up (as a fan of old STP, I was curious about a wife's take), and I found myself really interested in Mary, whom I honestly expected to be vapid. Her book is good. She has a good sense of humor and does a great job illustrating her adventures. Mental illness is a sad state untreated. She really seems unfiltered when chronicling her digression and I think that helps the reader understand her. If you're interestd in learning about drug abuse and bipolar disorder, Ms. F.W. can definitely show you what those places look like from the inside. I'm glad she wrote this book. She's intelligent and charming and she deserves to tell us so. Good read. Good job.
crazyladyteacher More than 1 year ago
I am fascinated by people who manage to overcome addictions, and even though I have never heard of Mary Forsberg Weiland, I have certainly heard of her husband. As a teenage fan of Stone Temple Pilots, I decided to give this story a shot. Very moving and sad, and uplifting at the same time. Congratulations to Mary for finding her strength.
pmet417 More than 1 year ago
Mary Weiland's story of addiction and painfully slow recovery is a fascinating and absorbing read. I found it both melancholy and bittersweet. I applaud Mary's resolve in striving so hard to recover and find her way in life. It is a struggle for most people to deal with day-to-day realities, but when hampered by mental disorders and a predilection toward addiction, it can become completely overwhelming. My only criticism of this book is that the story is not always linear and often drifts and overlaps in time. I completely understand how difficult it must be to reconstruct events that occurred in a haze of drugs, alcohol, depression and mania, yet I still found certain areas of the book confusing in time and/or not fully developed. That one criticism notwithstanding, I found the book captivating and was completely drawn into Mary and her husband's successes and failures in fighting the demons that led to such a downward spiral. Her ultimate triumph is an amazing feat.
loganmayer More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Scott Weiland and his band, the Stone Temple Pilots. I was walking around trying to find a good book, and I ran across this one. The cover was the reason a noticed it, then the last name. I picked it up, ran home, and read it in one day. I stayed up all night reading it b/c I couldn't put it down. The book made me love Scott, hate Scott for what he did to Mary, and fall in love with Mary and their relationship. It gave me an inside view of what went on and made me realize that being in one of the best bands, and having an awesome modeling career isn't everything. It gave me hope that dreams to come true- and made me more aware of what a horrible life it is to lead when using drugs (I don't use drugs nor have I ever, but it gave me an inside perspective of a drug user's life). I adore this book- it is a GREAT book- worth every single penny of my money. I hope she writes another one. I also hope Scott and her work everything out and possibly get back together. If not, I wish them the best in their SOBER life! READ THIS BOOK! IT IS great!
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Mary ended up in a mental institution after throwing her husbands clothes out and setting them on fire. She suffered from depression and would lay in bed for days. A lot of the time, she didn't even know why she was reacting a certain way. Addiction and depression seem to go hand in hand, so Mary was battling both. It's an absorbing read that hits close to home for me. I too suffer from depression and it is a very difficult illness to live with. I know how brave Mary must be to pour out her life for the whole world to read. She's a strong woman and I hope that her book inspires others to get the help they need.
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Highly recommend
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This book was well written and sad.
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I read this in two days, as it was interesting and easy to read. I was a fan of STP during the end of their first time around, then a fan of Velvet Revolver and the STP reunion. I read Scott Weiland's autobiography a year before reading Mary's, and find that Mary's was a great balance to his book. It was interesting to compare the stories and find the parallels. Mary told her story without ever taking a negative tone, blaming others for her problems, or searching for sympathy; nor did she ever play the victim. I gained a lot of respect for her after reading her book.
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Great help!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mary Weiland is probably best known for being Scott Weiland's wife. However, because of this book, I knew more about her; her upbringing, her modeling career, & her drug addiction, & her recovery. It was an intriguing roller coaster ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, truthful, and emotional. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of favorite books I've ever read! a must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mary's tells a very vivid story of her past. Well written, and you really get a since of what it was like her. Also a great read for any Stone Temple Pilot fan. You get a great idea of how Scott's mind works.
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